TRANSPORT Smart Classes show key buyer side stakeholders how they can deploy the latest digital technology-enabled solutions, data-driven strategies and best practices to tackle their transport sector challenges (e.g. around congestion, traffic flows, air pollution and emissions, noise, first and last mile mobility, customer experience, cost effectiveness, connecting transport networks, managing and maintaining assets & infrastructure) and deliver a transport system that will allow passengers and citizens to travel efficiently, safely and with minimal impact on the environment.
Qualifying delegates include commissioning, procurement, trialling and partnering leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers and planners from local authorities (e.g. city, borough, metropolitan, district and county councils); public transport operators; regional transport partnerships, sub-regional transport bodies, combined authorities, integrated transport authorities and passenger transport executives; highways authorities and road operators; government and supporting national transport agencies; fleet operators, parking operators, prime contractors etc.
Core themes range from on-demand transport and MaaS applications, EVs and e-mobility, micro mobility, predictive traffic management, journey time monitoring, smart parking and enforcing CAZs and LEZs, to active travel and behavioural change, analysing people movements, new ways of visualising data, connected and autonomous vehicles, intelligent street lighting, real-time transport modelling, smart ticketing and fare collection, and ITS in a Covid and post-Covid world.
On Thursday February 24th we will be casting a spotlight over Central England, hosting our speakers discussions on how the latest digital innovations can help overcome the transport and mobility challenges faced by the burgeoning city-regions of the West and East Midlands (incl. Birmingham, Coventry, Derby, Kettering, Leicester, Lincoln, Northampton, Nottingham, Peterborough, Solihull, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford, Worcester, Wolverhampton etc), and beyond. Delegates will hear from industry movers, shapers and disruptors during initial rapid-fire thought leadership presentations, before moving on to in-depth consultations with experts and peers during the roundtable discussions. In addition, this Smart Class will feature up to 3 keynote presentations from ITAs, PTEs, major transport operators, agencies or local/combined authorities giving real world insight into their collaborative initiatives, digital journeys and adoptions of emerging, transformative technologies.
TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2022 takes place at Nottingham Council House (Town Hall) and follows on from the highly acclaimed 2020, 2019 and 2018 editions that we hosted in Birmingham. This half day in-person event is free to attend for bona fide delegates satisfying our registration criteria.
Our previous Transport Smart Classes have attracted senior delegates from:
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Testimonials and feedback:
Head of Intelligent Transport Systems, Highways England
“The Smart Class is a really good format for exploring a contemporary area of work”
Professional Lead, Transport Strategy, City of Wolverhampton Council
“Excellent event, very informative and easy to delve into each area further”
Public Transport Operations Team Leader, Nottingham City Council
“All of the presentations were informative and gave insights into solutions being offered to address a variety of issues on the transport and carbon reduction agenda”
Senior Project Engineer – Forward Programmes Highways Strategy, Derbyshire County Council
“The presentations and roundtables were all valuable”
Highways Strategy Manager, Derbyshire County Council
“Pleased to be involved. I found it a very interesting morning”
Smart Leicester Programme Manager/Smart City Programme Lead, Leicester City Council
“Very informative, well chaired, excellent time keeping, lovely lunch and venue. Thank you!”
Environmental Protection Team Leader, Warwick District Council
“Love the structure of concise talks – gets rid of the uninteresting info and keeps the attention – then the opportunity to speak with them all afterwards. Excellent event”
Parking & Traffic Control Management, Warwickshire County Council
“Related well to my ongoing projects”
Transport Planning Project Officer, Warwickshire County Council
“Great opportunity to see real examples of tech in use and ask the daft questions – Very enjoyable”
Head of Strategic Infrastructure and Economy, Worcestershire County Council
“Well organised, great location and good brand of delegates”
Contract Manager, Birmingham City Council
“I attend a fair few industry events as you might expect and this was certainly one of the best ones I’ve been to”
Head of Commercial Management, Railway Operations, HS2
“A valuable learning opportunity, very interesting and enjoyable, and all the roundtables were insightful. I learned a great deal from the day and came away with some great ideas to research and chase up”
Transport Manager, Derbyshire Community Transport, HCT Group
“I found the afternoon very helpful; a carefully curated audience, very well managed, and a warm friendly organisation to work with”
Ex-Head of Digital Transformation & Transport Data Policy, Department for Transport
“Spot on content! Thanks again and see you again next year!”
Value Chain Delivery & Development Manager, Highways England
“The roundtable segment encouraged really dynamic discussion between experts and novices”
Innovation Manager, WMG, University of Warwick
Sustainability West Midlands
“Great to see you going from strength to strength to strength. The format delivers an engaging and useful experience; intelligent discussion on the roundtables; well worth attending!”
Transport Sector Lead, West Midlands Open Data Forum
“Thanks again for the opportunity to attend the event. It was both enjoyable and informative”
Market Development Lead, Smart Mobility & CAV, TRL
“The smart class was really interesting. Thank you!”
Environmental Consultant, Aecom
“All presentations provided useful and interesting insights”
Transport Planner, Mode Transport Planning
“Really interesting presentations and roundtables were a valuable opportunity to discuss real world issues. Great morning – Thank you!”
Principal Transport Planner, Rodgers Leask
“All of the presentations were valuable as they covered different points”
ITS Engineer, WSP
“Had some really useful conversations, which have already resulted in what looks like some potentially collaborative work”
Project Coordinator, Living Streets (Innovation Sponsor)
“Delighted to be part of it; interesting presentations by all, and very useful roundtable discussions in the smart classes format”
Transport Lead, ODI Birmingham (Innovation Sponsor)
“The event was a great opportunity to meet our targets”
Marketing Acquisition Manager, Padam Mobility (Innovation Sponsor)
“Many thanks for hosting this excellent event”
Business Development Manager, Videalert (Innovation Sponsor)
“Thanks for another great event today!”
Director, Videalert (Innovation Sponsor)
“Bettering Oyster Outside the London Area – How We Finally Do It” – Over the last 10 years, Transport for West Midlands have been developing the largest and leading smart payments and ticketing solution outside of London, which works across the same, more complex, de-regulated public transport environment that the rest of the UK faces. Recent progress has taken capabilities to a new level: practical solutions have started to be made available for areas beyond the West Midlands to adopt and the next two years will unlock even more exciting opportunities.
Proposals developed by TfWM with Midlands Connect and Nottingham City Council pave the way towards the holy grail of smart ticketing! This joint keynote presentation from Mike Waters (Director of Policy, Strategy & Innovation at TfWM) and Matt Lewis (Head of Swift at TfWM) will share lessons, set the ‘how this unlocks other key outcomes’ and chart a path forward which others can join to enjoy the same benefits.
“Transforming Mobility in Coventry with Urban Airport and Coventry Very Light Rail” – Coventry is a city making ground-breaking strides in transport innovation. Drawing on decades of expertise in automotive manufacturing, strong academic institutions and innovative businesses, Coventry is becoming a testbed for some of the UK’s most forward-thinking transport projects.
Two such projects, Urban Airport and Coventry Very Light Rail, will be the subject of this keynote presentation, given by Coventry City Council’s Sunil Budhdeo, Transport Innovation Manager, and Nicola Small, Senior Rail Programme Manager.
The Council is working with Urban-Air Port Ltd to demonstrate the world’s first Urban Airport at a strategic location in Coventry: Air One. Rapidly deployed and with a small footprint, Air One could be used in cities throughout the UK to provide environmentally friendly drone operations with authorisation from civil aviation authorities.
Coventry Very Light Rail is yet another world first that is seeking to drive down the costs of urban light rail through the development of a new, battery powered vehicle and a breakthrough track form that takes advantage of the latest materials science. The system could make urban light rail a possibility in smaller and medium-sized cities throughout the UK.
“Delivering at Speed and at Scale, Without Leaving Anyone Behind” – Midlands Connect’s Head of Strategy, Richard Bradley, will explain in this keynote how long-term planning for major infrastructure is being transformed to capture all of the Midland’s communities and geographies, with a delivery focus that puts the Midlands at the centre of the green industrial revolution: “Adapting our traditional travel market analysis for our rapidly changing world seems to be the ‘secret sauce’ for kick-starting enhancements to infrastructure and de-risking supply-chains”. Richard will explain how this market analysis can enable sustainable business models motivated by societal benefits as well as profit.
His presentation will describe how short-term delivery is becoming essential for learning-by-doing and scaling alternative fuels, emerging technologies and digital systems. This includes regional demonstrators in the future of rural mobility, digital and technology driven solutions that get the most out of the road network and evolving our use of hydrogen for moving heavy loads long distances. Richard will reveal Midlands Connect’s collaborative and scalable approach to delivering a resilient network for recharging electric vehicles and refuelling with alternative fuels. He will also illustrate how new approaches to delivery can enable a paradigm shift in behaviour, including the importance of building trust by monitoring the region’s performance.
“7 Myths of Why MaaS Will Not Fly” – By integrating all different kinds of mobility service providers, MaaS is considered as one of most important measures to foster the modal shift from car to public transport. Since this leads to significant reduction of CO2 emissions, MaaS is getting more and more attention from authorities and operators in the UK as a problem solver.
Nevertheless, the concept of MaaS is being challenged by authorities, customers, and operators, which brings up many myths and false conclusions. But what are the indicators for a successful and long-lasting MaaS platform? The routing engine? The data quality? The amount of integrated mobility service providers? The ticketing system?
This presentation by Siemens will clarify the 7 most common myths about MaaS and will demonstrate the critical requirements to succeed, and provide an overview of implemented state-of-the-art journey planners and MaaS solutions from all around the world.
“Integrating Demand Responsive Transport into Bus Service Improvement Plans (BSIPs) – Practical Tips for the Implementation and Launch of DDRT” – Public transport can be a challenge where demand is scarce. Dynamic Demand Responsive Transport streamlines mass-transit systems by matching service levels more closely to that demand. Lowering operational costs, easier access to transportation, reducing environmental impacts: when territories need to address some of these challenges, an intelligent DRT solution can provide the answer.
This presentation by Padam Mobility will show how rural and Peri-urban areas which have significant public transport gaps, can use DRT to significantly improve the mobility of their inhabitants.
Jack Holland will provide practical advice on what public authorities need to consider now to successfully implement their DRT in their BSIPs including creating new transport services and/or replacing underused fixed line services.
“Part 6 – Tools and Opportunities for Enforcing Moving Traffic” – The Department for Transport announced in September 2020 that they would be fully enacting the remaining elements of Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act (TMA), permitting local authorities outside of London to use approved camera devices to enforce moving traffic contraventions, such as yellow box junctions and banned turns. This “Part 6” Smart Class presentation from Principal Engineer, Tina Glover, will offer a deep dive into what these changes mean for local authorities, the lessons learnt from Marston Holdings’ extensive experience in delivering moving traffic enforcement and guidance on several other benefits such as environmental, congestion management, improved journey times, increased safety, and cleaner air.
Marston Holdings is uniquely placed to help local authorities in this space: Whether it’s guidance on scheme design and engagement, support on traffic surveys, fixed and mobile enforcement camera solutions or business processing queries.
Certainly, by introducing the enforcement of moving traffic contraventions and utilising the latest ANPR camera technology, authorities will be in a far better position to manage and improve their local road network and deliver key objectives outlined in their local transport plans.
“Making it Easier for People to Walk and Cycle: Innovations in Approach” – In this presentation, Clare Maltby, Sustrans’ England Director for the Midlands and East, will discuss the ways in which Sustrans is making it easier for people to walk and cycle.
“The innovations in approach includes technological aspects, like greater use of GIS in our network planning and engagement work. But we also focus on innovations in design and engagement approach. It is vital to take communities with us in tackling the challenges of transport and in achieving liveable cities and towns. Our collaborative design approaches aim to transform urban design by working with communities, raising ambition and amplifying voices”.
- 8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast
- 9:00 am - 9:30 am Introduction and Opening Keynote
- 9:30 am - 10:40 am Expert Presentations
- 10:40 am - 11:00 am Keynote Speaker 2
- 11:00 am - 12:40 pm Roundtable Discussions and Consultations
- 12:40 pm - 1:00 pm Keynote Speaker 3
- 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Close and Lunch Networking